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Water conservation being encouraged before summer

Low rainfall over winter has resulted in lowering ground water levels and early predictions are for continued lower than average rainfall for the early part of the summer. 

This may result in a repeat of water shortage issues in the Mangawhai area experienced last summer. 

This is a reminder to take extra care not to waste water with the typically hot, dry summer months approaching.

Low water levels are an issue that the region faces every summer, and to get people thinking about water conservation now can ensure those with water tanks are prepared for the summer months. 

While there has been wet weather days, ground water levels are quite low at the moment, with Northland Regional Council predicting lower than average rainfall for early summer 2019/2020.

Those on rural properties are also urged to consider how they manage, use and save water.

For those on tanks, water carriers in Kaipara are covered under the Kaipara District Council drought management plan, so when water levels drop, people may not be able to get water delivered. 

If you do need to have water delivered the Northland District Health Board recommends using a registered carrier to ensure the water is not contaminated. 

Making small changes as individuals can make a big difference collectively when it comes to conserving water. 
Water info
 For info about water conservation, and handy tips and tricks to get a head start on the dry summer months go to bewaterwise.org.nz
 Find updates on water levels, see predicted rainfalls and river updates at nrc.govt.nz
 Find a list of registered water carriers on the Northland District Health Board website at  drinkingwater.esr.cri.nz.

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